Below is the schedule from a conference in which I was able to participate this past weekend, and I’m going to be posting some of the notes from my response to Mark L. Taylor‘s presentation in the coming days. The papers and responses will be submitted for publication this summer. 

APRIL 20-21(Friday and Saturday), 2012
Claremont Graduate University
(Between Dartmouth Ave and 10th Street)
Sponsored by the School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University
Funded by The Margaret Jagels Fund for Catholic Studies
Maguire Distinguished Professor of Religion
     The purpose of this conference is to discuss the most compelling issues facing Christian theology today.  Eight distinguished theologians will speak on what each considers to be the most compelling theological issue today and how she or he proposes to deal with that issue.  Each presentation will be followed by a response and a general discussion. A very lively debate is expected.  It is hoped that the conference will bring clarity, vitality, and urgency to the situation of contemporary theology that seems rather confused, fragmented, and exhausted.   The conference is free and open to all. 
                                                             Friday, April 20, 2012                                              
9:00-9:10                Welcome, Tammi Schneider, Dean, School of Religion, and Anselm Min,
                               Conference Chair
9:10-10:40              Chair:  Michael Saad (Chair of the Board of Advisors and Chair of the Coptic  
                               Council, School of Religion)
                                         John Behr (St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary): “Let us Return to the 
                                         Word  Delivered in the Beginning” (Polycarp)
                               Response:  Rhys Kuzmic (Ph.D. candidate, Claremont Graduate University)
10:40-11:00          Coffee Break
11:00-12:30           Chair:  Nancy van Deusen (Claremont Graduate University)
                                        Anselm Min (Claremont Graduate University): “Deconstructing and Reconstructing          
                                       Christian Identity in the World of Differance”
                                       Response:  Joseph Prabhu (Cal State U Los Angeles)
12:30-2:00            Lunch
2:00-3:30               Chair:  Stephen Davis (Claremont McKenna College)
                              Robert Schreiter (Catholic Theological Union): “The Repositioning of a Theology of                                   
                                       the World in the Face of Globalization and Post-Secularity: Prophecy and Crisis
                                       Response:  James Fredericks (Loyola Marymount University)
3:30-4:00              Coffee Break
4:00-5:30              Chair:  Patrick Mason (Claremont Graduate University)         
                              Mark Wallace (Swarthmore College): “Christian Animism, Green Spirit Theology,                    
                                       and  the Global Crisis Today”
                                       Response:  Fabrizio D’Ambrosio (Ph.D. student, Claremont Graduate University)
                                                       Saturday, April 21, 2012
9:00-10:30            Chair:  Karen Torjesen (Claremont Graduate University)          
                                       Susan Abraham (Harvard Divinity School): “Decolonizing Christianity
                                       Response:  Marlene Block (Ph.D. candidate, Claremont Graduate University)
10:30-11:00         Coffee Break
11:00-12:30         Chair:  Judy Miles (Cal Poly Pomona)
                                      Rosemary Radford Ruether (Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate
                                      University): “Faith and Ecofeminism: Religion and the Liberation of Women and the
                                     Earth from Oppression
                                     Response:  Kirsten Gerdes (Ph.D. candidate, Claremont Graduate University)
12:30-2:00          Lunch
2:00-3:30            Chair:  Kyongjin Lee (Fuller Theological Seminary)
                                    Mark L. Taylor (Princeton Theological Seminary): “U S Mass Incarceration as
                                    Decolonial Struggle: A Theo-political and Theo-poetic Challenge
                                    Response:  William Walker (Ph.D. student, Claremont Graduate University)
3:30-4:00           Coffee Break
4:00-5:30           Chair:  Anselm Min (Claremont Graduate University)
                          Francis Schussler Fiorenza (Harvard Divinity School):  “Faith and Political
                          Engagement in a Pluralistic Environment:  Beyond the Idols of the Public
                          Response:  Paul Miller (Ph.D. candidate, Claremont Graduate University)